Cecilia Padilla

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.109–Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering: This was the first time I felt like an actual engineer. I got to do some incredible projects using CRISPRi and even got the chance to create a battery made out of phages. The class was so much fun and the teaching instructors were just the best! I also learned so many valuable skills that helped me become a better scientist, such as making figures, writing meaningful reports, creating project proposals, and feeling more confident in the lab.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I will miss the community the most. MIT is an amazing place, but it does not come without its challenges. My friends and faculty mentors were a huge support when things got tough! I will also miss all the great opportunities we get as undergraduates, such as learning in the classroom from leaders in the field to working in a lab almost anywhere in the world through the MISTI program.

Where will you be next year?
I will be pursuing a BME PhD in the Cook Lab at Carnegie Mellon University! Super excited to use and develop the skills I learned at MIT as a Course 20.

Who deserves a shout-out?
A huge shout-out to my family for always encouraging and supporting me! Could not have made it without your love and support. Also want to give a shout-out to my course 20 besties: Nova and Nina, who have made these last 4 years the best ones yet. I am so grateful to have gone on this journey with you :). I am also incredibly grateful to have been a part of such an amazing department. I want to give a special thanks to my advisor, Maxine, as well as my UROP mentors Dr. B Connizzo (future Prof!) and Prof. Grodzinsky.